Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Suspended for a Year Over Bounties; Broncos Trade Tim Tebow To Jets; Eagles Steal DeMeco Ryans From Texans
Roger Goodell brought down the hammer after a three year investigation of NFL bounties. New Orleans head coach Sean Payton was suspended for a year, former Saints defensive coordinator Greg Williams, who took over the same position with the St. Louis Rams (Jeff Fisher says a replacement won’t be named and duties will be handled in house) is suspended indefinitely pending a post season Roger Goodell review, Saints GM Mickey Loomis suspended first 8 games of ’12 season and assistant coach Joe Vitt suspended the first six games. “The investigation showed bounties being placed on four quarterbacks of opposing teams — Brett Favre, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, and Kurt Warner. (quote via LA Times)” The Saints were also fined 500, 000 and will forfeit two second round picks in 2012 and 2013. Roger Goodell stated he was clearly lied to by New Orleans during the investigation and it appears the Saints have paid a serious price. Circle the wagons? Galvanize the troops? Will be interesting to see how the year plays out for New Orleans. NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp claims former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey was the whistle-blower…which Shockey denies. Wow.
More big news of the day was the Denver Broncos sending QB Tim Tebow to the New York Jets of all places. The trade was held up over money for over 8 hours and the Jets almost had a public relations disaster on their hands after Jacksonville shot in at the last minute in hopes of nabbing Tebow to energize its fan base. Incumbent QB Mark Sanchez, IMO, won’t be threatened seriously for the starting position unless he fails tremendously in a year that will be covered as if today is the first day of training camp. Yes the circus is here. Denver sends Tebow and 7th round pick for Jets 4th and 6th round selections in ’12 draft. Tebow will most likely have his own package like he had at Florida when Chris Leak led the Gators to 2007 BCS Championship. My New York peers better hit up Costco for that extra big box of Orville Redenbacher’s.
IMO, the most shocking news of the day was the Philadelphia Eagles trading a ’12 4th round pick and swapping 3rd round picks (Texans move up 12 spots to 77th overall pick and Philly falls to 89th) with the Houston Texans for middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans. Ryans shores up a gigantic need for a very talented defense that gelled a game too late last season. Seems like since since Jeremiah Trotter left, the Eagles have been seeking someone to become that MIKE and since the Texas switched to 3-4, Ryans no longer fit (this can also be seen as a cap move). The 27 year old 2 time Pro Bowl backer tore his Achilles tendon in ’10 but says he’s 100% Looks like a power move by Philadelphia…and dammit the Eagles appear to have teased its fan base yet again. If the offense holds up…uh never mind.
Exciting day. The NFL sure knows how to remain relevant year round huh?